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Mourning Gloria (China Bayles #19)

3.94  ·  Rating details ·  1,671 Ratings  ·  192 Reviews
Another herbal treat from national bestselling author Susan Wittig Albert.
While Pecan Springs bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman's life is tragically brought to an end. China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman screaming for help. The evidence leaves no doubt that it's arson homicide.
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Hardcover, Large Print, 441 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Thorndike Press (first published January 1st 2011)
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Jill I think it important to read them in order, definitely. Many of the personal aspects build on each other from book to book.
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Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this book!1 This was the first I had read by this author and you can bet I will be reading a lot more of her books..I enjoy the small town atmosphere that is surrounded by mystery and suspense..Would highly recommend this book!!
Mar 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
I grade on a 1-10 basis and this one was a solid 9. Love this series and this one was not a disappointment! China is such a great character. She's strong and I love how she's feeling her way along, figuring out how to be a mom to Caitlin. Great book.....great series!
Meredith VanOordt
Good series! Real people!
Chris Blackton
Jul 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Apparently I am in the minority for liking this book. It followed the same path as previous books by this author so I am not sure why other people didn't like it. I enjoy reading about different herbs and in this case they were hallucinogenic herbs which I found doubly interesting. I didn't guess who the killer was until I was told and that was mainly because the character wasn't even mentioned until the book was nearly done. I look forward to the next in the series!
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really like the China Bayles series. This one did not disappoint!
Donna Davis
We aren't mourning anything or anyone, really. We're talking about plants. Once in awhile we refer to the mystery of how and why the woman who was screaming in the trailer while it burned to the ground with her inside it was killed, but the murder is peripheral. The subject should scream with urgency, but it gets lost among the minutiae.

I have never abandoned a book from this series before. I was just about out of light reading (both mentally and physically; I prefer a fictional pocket paperback
Jun 27, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-texas
Sigh, another series I'm tired of. Not that the China Bayles books have ever been favorites of mine, but I think even fans would say that the plot is lackadaisical and the writing is slack in this one. China is driving home one night and sees a trailer fire on the side of the road. But there's a woman trapped in the fire, and China can't get her out. Later she learns that it's a case of arson murder. Meanwhile, the local newspaper's summer intern Jessica gets the story, and because of elements i ...more
Pamela Mclaren
Another investing slice of small town life with a twist from Susan Witting Albert. China Bayles, former lawyer not owner of Thyme and Seasons, is busy with Saturday farmers markets, the store, its tea shop and the addition of her niece, Caitlin. Her husband is off working as a private investigator and everything seems normal until one evening, China comes across a burning trailer. She hears someone cry for help but is unable to get into the trailer before it blows up. And suddenly, because this ...more
Fredell Boston
Sep 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the nineteenth edition of the China Bayles Mystery series. I am just trying to catch up with the books that I haven't read in this wonderful group of books.
While Pecan Springs, Texas bustles back to life in the warmth of spring, one woman's life is tragically brought to an end. Herbalist (and former lawyer)China Bayles happens upon a burning house trailer and hears a woman (Gloria) screaming for help. She tries to enter the burning trailer, but is injured herself. As a result she becomes
LInda L
Aside from the gruesome murder, this book just kind of drifted along. Occasionally, there was a scene or story which did not fit (baby Grace being one), but we have to follow Jessica on her investigations, then follow China on the same ones -- too much. I think I've read other China Bayles books -- or at least one -- but did not enjoy this one very much. It went from students smoking pot to Mexican drug cartels, from herbs to someone writing a book to who-knows-what. Perhaps by number 19, Susan ...more
Lynda Chapman
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time reading this book as I'm not much of a plant person.
Oct 25, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, fiction, 2017
I enjoyed it, but it was less exciting than some of the others in the series.
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lorraine Dunlap
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting and scary. China and her friend do make some foolish choices, which is always irritating.
Celena Green
I really think I read these more for the bits about the herb store than anything else. I can't help but really be drawn to what that life must be like.
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story line! Love China and her adventures.
Sep 12, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Mourning Gloria" is the latest of Susan Wittig Albert's bestselling mysteries featuring China Bayles. A former defense attorney, China decided years ago to trade in her briefcase for gardening gloves and now owns an herb shop in Pecan Springs, Texas. Along with her best friend Ruby Wilcox, she also owns a tearoom and a catering service, and also has a booth at the new Pecan Springs Farmers' Market. China is happily married to private investigator Mike McQuaid, and is a mother to her 11-year-old ...more
Apr 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spring is in the air (or at least the calendar says so) and it’s the perfect time to pickup the latest installment in the China Bayles Mystery series, MOURNING GLORIA.

Herbalist China Bayles has her hands full between operating her herb shop, participating in the weekly Farmers’ Market, planning a psychoactive plant seminar for the local garden club, and of course, caring for her ever-growing family. This doesn’t even include the slew of usual activities going on in Pecan Springs. The last thing
Feb 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011-challenge

Pecan Springs, Texas, in springtime is a busy place especially for China Bayles, owner of Thyme and Seasons. Her herb shop and garden is a time consuming enterprise now that she and her partner Ruby, owner of adjacent shop, Crystal Cave, have opened a tea room. China's personal life has become fuller in the last year too as her eleven year old niece, Caitlyn, has come to live with her and her husband, McQuaid and his teenage son Brian.

One night on her way home from the shop, China spots a traile
Oct 04, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's always some little fact in these books that sticks out from all the pages of information. In this book it is the information that only some cats are fascinated by catnip. I thought it was just that I was getting a low grade or old stock. No, your cat has to have the addiction gene. However the book is not about cats, addiction, or catnip.
China Bayles, headed home, comes upon a trailer on fire. She stops, bangs on the door, hears someone inside calling for help and tries to break in until
Diane Majeske
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm a big fan of Susan Wittig Albert - she's an excellent writer whose plots rarely disappoint.

Mourning Gloria is gripping from the first chapter. A young, pretty college girl is hurriedly packing for a trip and you, the reader, know by the subtle hints that Albert inserts that the character is frightened and she's running. By the end of the chapter, you get the feeling something very bad is going to happen.

Chapter Two changes course, introducing protagonist China Bayles and bringing you back to
May 13, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cozy-mysteries
The herbalist and amateur investigator China Bayles has a knack for getting herself involved in sticky situations. This time, she happens upon a house fire just in time to hear a woman trapped inside screaming for help. China calls 9-1-1 and tries to get in to save the woman but the heat drives her back. The investigation of the event by fire marshalls and police reveal that it was no accident and that the woman had been shot and tied up before being left to die in the flames. Who in the peacefu ...more
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The 19th installment of the China Bayles mystery series, opens with China getting ready for the new farmer's market across the street from her herb shop Thyme and Seasons in the fictional town of Pecan Springs, Texas.

No, that's not quite accurate. The book opens with a prologue, detailing the day of a young woman named Gloria (not one of Pecan Springs regular cast of characters) preparing to go away for the weekend in order to avoid Someone so that she can talk to the police.

It's not until much
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I gotta be honest - I usually skip past the horticulture stuff at the beginning of each chapter, and skim through paragraphs as they appear in the book. That type of stuff just isn't up my alley but it doesn't detract from the book.

It's been a while since I've read a China Bayles mystery. I found it a little strange that this book started with a prologue (from the victim's POV), while the main story was from China's first person POV, with spurts of another character's POV. I can't remember the p
Judy Iliff
Apr 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I so love reading Susan Wittig Albert's series whether it's China Bayles, Beatrix Potter, the one she wrote with her husband under the pen name of Robin Paige, or her newest series, The Darling Dahlias.

In the 19th installment of the China Bayles series, China discovers a trailer fire on her way home one night. She pulls in, runs up the road to see if she can be of help. She gets to the door and hears someone hollering for help. As China backs down the steps to try to find something to break a w
Spring is in the air and so is murder. China drives by a burning house trailer and hears someone trapped inside. The trailer explodes before China can help and she knows she needs to find out what happened and who was inside. As well as what happened to the missing reporter who was investigating on her own.
The sheriff and the police chief are both friends and know that China has a knack and her ear to the ground, so they caution her to be careful as they know she is going to investigate as only
This was the first China Bayles mystery I read. I've read 1 of Ms. Albert's Beatrix Potter mysteries and really enjoyed it and I've read the entire Victorian murder mystery series she wrote with her husband under the name Robin Paige, and thoroughly enjoyed all of them. I really like Ms. Albert's story telling and writing style.

This novel features China Bayles, a former lawyer, amateur sleuth, avid gardener and small town homeopathic herbal shop owner. I'm not a big gardener myself but I do enj
Apr 04, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the 19th book in the China Bayles series and another very enjoyable book from Albert.

China is nearing home and notices a mobile home on fire. Approacing the door of the home she hears the cry of a female, then an expolsion rips the the home. The only clue the police find is a braclet with the initials G. G.. China mentions the event to an intern, Jessica, at Pecan Valley's newspaper. She lost her parents and twin sisteres in a houe fire. She feels she can get closure for her own loss and
Alannah Davis
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Susan Wittig Albert's mystery series about former-lawyer-turned-herb-shop-owner, China Bayles. Mourning Gloria does not disappoint.

As China is driving, she sees a trailer home on fire. She stops to help and hears someone inside, calling for help. To her horror, the trailer is consumed by flames before she can help the victim. As China deals with the day-to-day chores of her store, selling at a local farmer's market, and young Caitlin's violin talent and new kittycat pet, she also
C.J. Prince
Sep 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you like mysteries, you'll like the China Bayles series. If you like herbs and gardening and a bit of her friend Ruby's mysticism and aromatherapy, you'll like "Mourning Gloria."

If you're stuck for what to read next, start with book one, "Thyme of Death", and get to know China and her best friend Ruby who will lead you on a merry chase for days to come. This is 19th in the series.

Former lawyer turned herbalist and owner of Thyme and Seasons China Bayles notices flames as she drives home. She
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